All living beings, produce rhythm, sounds and music from within and in relationship with the outside world without effort or will. Our biological patterns range from simple rhythms and vibrations, such as the breath and the heart beat, to the more complex rhythms of the nervous system. Our bodies are instruments and tools we can use to manifest and produce sounds, on a continuum from very choreographed to completely chaotic patterns of experiencing sensation and moving through time and space.
Music therapy is an established health service similar to cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. It can be defined as the application of music, to aid in the achievement of specific therapeutic goals, as well as to attain and maintain health and wellbeing. Music therapy is offered in individual, family, and group counseling. It is effective in meeting the physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and spiritual needs of the people it serves. It has been shown to have physiological effects on heart-rate, blood pressure, immune system responses, self regulation and neurological function.
Family Open Mic / Open Stage (for all ages) 5:30 to 7:30pm, every second Saturday of the month - Poets, singers, musicians, story tellers, actors... all performers are welcomed. - suggested donation is $5 per person, $8 per family.For the Love of Singing - 4:00-5:00pm on Fridays - This is an open, dynamic and multi-generational multi-ability group, with a focus on non verbal and verbal self-expression, connection with others and community building through singing and playing music. Come sing with your family and friends! Participants are encouraged to sing-a-lon familiar tunes, be playful, interact (offer ideas, share stories and feelings), and use their imagination to create music, make up songs and musical stories. Refreshments served. Sliding scale $8-10/h for drop in - or sign up for the month and pay $6 per group ($25-30/month)
Adaptive Piano - by appointment
NEW Adaptive Drumming - Saturday afternoons by appointment starting in June 2012
NEW Adaptive Guitar - Saturday afternoons by appointment starting in June 2012